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Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Dragon Chicken - Dutch Version of Kitchen

    I have the Dutch version of Kitchen and I think I have found a mistake. Yesterday I was making the Dragon Chicken recipe on p415 and all went well until I got to the part where it said "... add the 2 kinds of oils...". I checked the ingredients list, because I thought I overlooked the oil, but there is only mention of one kind of oil; the garlic oil. I used a big dash of regular olive oil, hoping that would work. And it did! The wings were really nice and absolutely not to spicy. But the question remains; what is the story of the missing oil? Thanks in advance, Ineke van der Pol (The Netherlands)

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  • Baking Disasters - Microwave Combi Oven

    Whatever I bake seems to be getting ruined - the end result of the careful preparation is a hard cake with big pores in it. I use unsalted butter for preparation and i just can't figure out why my cakes turn out this way. I never get melt-in-the-mouth cakes. I bake in a microwave oven in combination and check whether its done with a cake tester. Please help. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Heart-Shaped Paper Cupcake Cases For Wedding

    I am making cupcakes for my sisters wedding. I would like to make them heart-shaped, but cannot find heart-shaped paper cases. The only cases available are sillicone . Any suggestions?

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  • Freezing pizza and other dough

    Dear Nigella team, is it possible to freeze pizza dough and other dough that has yeast in it and has risen? Will this not affect the texture? Thank you

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  • Substitute for Bourbon Biscuits (Canada)

    Hello there! I want to make Nigella's Grasshopper Pie (Kitchen, p185) but we don't have bourbon biscuits here in Canada. Could you suggest an acceptable substitute? Thank you!! Sincerely, Nadine Lucas

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  • Banoffee Cheesecake & Banana Muffins

    Hi, I've recently saw in a recipe posted that Nigella makes a banoffee cheesecake pie and would love to make it for my husband. We live in China so I have some of your books that I have schlepped all the way here from the States but the recipe is not in any one of them.. could you please post it and help me?! Bannoffee pie is his favourite and I just think that if you add the cheesecake it would be heavenly Many thanks Claudia

    I have tried the recipe in "Domestic Goddess" for Banana Muffins (p219) twice and it has been a failure both times. Is there a printing error? My copy makes no mention of eggs or milk. Can you help? Ladybird.

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  • Brown/Muscovado vs White Granulated Sugar

    May I know what is the difference in using brown sugar and white sugar in baking? Is this going to affect the texture of the cake? Thank you!  

    Is there any difference between muscovado and white sugar? Rinda

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  • Baking a Cake in Normal Ovens & Fan Ovens

    Please let me know the time and temperature i need to set for a normal cake?  

    Could you tell me please if it's wise to turn down the temperature 20 centigrade when I'm baking in a fan oven? I find that sometimes when I bake in my oven my food comes out a little different from when I bake in a conventional oven. I have used a conventional oven around a friends house with a few of Nigella's recipes, and they come out perfect. However, at home, they don't seem to pack that punch. Many Thanks, Nathalie

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